Name Change Pending for Las Vegas Casino


Anthony Curtis’ nationally syndicated weekly column.

October 26, 2011

Things continue to move fast in downtown Las Vegas. Just weeks after the sale of Fitzgeralds was announced, word comes that part of several changes there will be a new name. The casino opened in the early ‘80s and operated for a few years as the Sundance before becoming Fitzgeralds, which was usually referred to as “The Fitz.” The new owners feel that a comprehensive overhaul of the 640-room resort should include a new direction and new branding; hence, the decision to change the name. What that name will be has not yet been announced, though the timetable for the change appears set for early 2012.

Back on the Clock: After a brief reprieve, the possible demolition of the Harmon Tower at CityCenter is back in play. Legal impediments blocking plans to implode the half-built Harmon have been cleared away, leaving it to a judge to determine the tower’s fate.

New Free Spectacle: The free laser and light show in the atrium at Sam’s Town has undergone its first major upgrade since it debuted in 1994, with new music and more sophisticated effects. At more than double the length of the old presentation, the new show’s duration is 15 minutes, giving it a longer run time than any other free spectacle in Las Vegas.

Steak & Lobster: Station Casinos has a $19.99 sirloin & lobster dinner special available at the Broiler (Palace Station), Sonoma Cellar (Sunset Station), Austins (Texas Station), the Charcoal Room (Santa Fe Station), MRKT (Aliante Station), and Fuego (Fiesta Henderson). It comes with vegetable and a good bread basket. Get it at Palace Station and you can add an excellent soup and salad bar for $2.

Question: What happened to the blackjack games at Slots A Fun? 

Answer: The little north-Strip casino next to Circus Circus removed all of its table games about a month ago. It still has $2 beers at the bar, but $2 blackjack and craps are a thing of the past.

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